Fokker Services, an Independent Aerospace Service Provider, has developed its first SBAS Landing System (SLS) modification. With this solution, operators can conduct approach operations down to Localizer Performance (LP) or Localizer Performance with Vertical Guidance (LPV) minima. Fokker Services developed this modification in close cooperation with ASL Airlines France for Boeing 737NG aircraft.

Philippe Porte, Technical Pilot at ASL Airlines France, added: “I am very enthusiastic about the Fokker Services LPV system and its ease of use. The ‘ILS look-a-like’ interface concept is not just a name or a marketing concept, it is a fact. With the Fokker Services LPV system, it is as easy to fly an LPV approach as an ILS approach. This similarity will reduce the crew training costs for the LPV approaches that will become the standard in the coming years.”

As of January 25, 2024, all instrumental runway ends within Europe, where appropriate Satellite-based Augmentation System (SBAS) coverage is available, must have an LPV-based approach. Aircraft will need an approach type that matches the airports and must therefore have LPV capabilities if flying an LPV approach. Fokker Services’ standalone solution requires no changes to the aircraft’s existing avionics architecture, and offers the same minima as ILS CAT I. If required, the modification can be incorporated during scheduled downtime over a set of installation steps.

Fokker Services is an exhibitor at this year’s 20th European Airline Training Symposium (EATS), taking place in just a few weeks from 8-9 November 2022 in Estrel Hotel, Berlin, Germany. To learn more about the SBAS Landing System modification, visit Fokker Services at booth #624.